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Foster's Yale University building opens for business

The Foster + Partners-designed Edward P Evans Hall at Yale University’s School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut has opened to students

The £104million, 22,000m² building has 16 state of the art classrooms, a 350-seat auditorium, breakout rooms, a gym and a library all arranged around a landscaped central square.

Foster + Partners beat Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Diller Scofidio and Renfro and David Chipperfield Architects to the land project back in 2007.

A former Yale School of Architecture student, Foster gave a speech at the official opening of the hall last week.

Drawing reference to the campus’ existing Louis Khan Art Gallery and its Paul Rudolph Hall, Foster said: ‘As a former student, it is a very special honour to design a building for Yale’s campus, to stand alongside architecture by such luminaries as Paul Rudolph and Louis Kahn.

‘Learning is not only about the classroom – it is about the social spaces, grounds, cafes and the relationships that are formed

‘The people that I was exposed to at Yale, and the collegiate style of working that I found there, have influenced the way that I have built my own practice – our London studios, like those at Yale during term time, are open twenty four hours, seven days a week,’ said Foster.

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